Dr. Alan Huckleberry

8th Annual Art of the Piano set for Jan. 27

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The Delta State University Department of Music will present the 8th Annual Art of the Piano on Jan. 27-28 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Alan Huckleberry, associate professor of piano pedagogy and collaborative arts at the University of Iowa, will be the Guest Artist of the event this year. On Friday, Jan.27, at 7:30 p.m., Huckleberry will present a recital, featuring piano solo works by J. S. Bach, Hindemith, and Mussorgsky. The recital will be free and open to the public.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, students and teachers will participate in the many performance events held throughout the day. Huckleberry will provide comments on the performance of each student and give a lecture for teachers. The Art of the Piano is sponsored by the Dulce Fund and the Department of Music.

For registration information and schedule details, please contact the DSU Music Office at (662) 846-4615 or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/music/piano-studies/the-art-of-the-piano/.

Praised for his “impeccable musicianship, exhilarating technique, and panache” (American Record Guide), Huckleberry is recognized as a multi-faceted artist on the classical music scene. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, England, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France, Costa Rica, Colombia, and across the United States.
Huckleberry is also in demand as a chamber musician, with recitals across the United States, Australia, and Europe. He can be heard on five compact disc recordings on the Crystal Record, MSR and Albany Record labels. Two further CDs will be released in the fall of 2014.

In addition to his performing career, Huckleberry is equally passionate about his role as an educator. At the University of Iowa, he heads the piano pedagogy program, which is now recognized as one of the leading programs in the nation. He is a sought-after speaker on pedagogical topics, including talks at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the Music Teachers National Conference. He also maintains a studio of national and international students at UI, who themselves are beginning to leave their mark in their field. In fact, all DMA graduates from his piano pedagogy program are now teaching at academic institutions across the country and abroad.

A native of Indiana, Huckleberry began serious studies at the piano in Germany with Polish pianist Barbara Szczepanska. Further studies at the conservatories of Karlsruhe and Cologne with Japanese pedagogue Naoyuki Taneda and German pianist Josef A. Scherrer solidified a diverse and international musical background. He then returned to the United States where he received his doctorate at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Arthur Greene (performance) and John Ellis (pedagogy).

Huckleberry’s repertoire not only includes the standard works of the piano literature, but he is an ardent supporter of new music and young composers, as seen by a long list of compositions which were written for him. Among the many 20th and 21st century styles he enjoys, he is particularly interested in contemporary rags and other crossover genres.

Huckleberry has recently embarked upon a massive video recording project. Together with Dr. Jason Sifford, he is creating the largest known database of performances of piano pedagogical literature. In the end, it will encompass some 9000 videos of beginning to intermediate repertoire. The videos are available to all, free of charge, at YouTube. To go along with his video project, Huckleberry has created a Wiki style website, which includes piano pedagogical information on each recorded piece, as well as composer and publisher information. To visit this site, please click here: http://www.uipianoped.wikia.com.

Dr. Heejung Nam

Piano Exchange program set for Jan. 25-27

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The Piano Area of the Department of Music will host a piano exchange program with the piano students and faculty of Sungkyul University in Korea on the DSU campus on Jan. 25-27.

This exchange program is the joint academic, cultural, and performance activities between the piano students and faculty of Sungkyul University and Delta State University. These exchange activities will include master classes, student and faculty recitals, and other classes, as well as the participation in Delta State University’s annual piano festival, The Art of the Piano.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, the students from Sungkyul University and DSU piano students will perform at 1:40 p.m.., and the two piano faculty members from Sungkyul University, Drs. Hye-Young Suh and Heejung Nam, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m.., featuring piano solo and duet works by Jin Won La, W. A. Mozart, D. Scarlatti, Schubert, and Scriabin. Both performances on Jan. 26 will be free and open to the public and be held at the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

This piano exchange program is sponsored by the Dulce Fund, the Department of Music, the Quality Enhancement Plan, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of the President, and DSU International Student Services.

Dr. Heejung Nam

Dr. Heejung Nam

Korean-Canadian pianist Heejung Nam, a native of Seoul, South Korea, enjoys an active career as a solo performer, chamber musician, and a teacher. She has won numerous competitions and awards, including the prestigious Canada Council Grant for the Arts, Canadian Music Competition Stepping Stone (Ottawa, ON), Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition (Rochester, NY), and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Competition (Montreal), the Seattle International Competition, and most recently, the 2013 Artist Series Audition held by the Seoul Arts Center in Korea.

Dr. Nam has performed in both solo and collaborative recitals in South Korea, Japan, Canada, and the U.S., and she has been featured nationwide on the CBC Radio. She has appeared as soloist with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman Philharmonia. She participated at the festivals such as the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy in Japan, and the Banff Festival in Canada. She has also performed in masterclasses by renowned pianists such as Angela Hewitt, Jacques Rouvier, Lee Kum Sing, Hiroko Nakamura, Ursula Oppens, etc.

Dr. Nam holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM with distinction, and DMA) and the Juilliard School (MM). Her teachers include Thomas Schumacher, Julian Martin, and Jean Barr. In 2014, Dr. Nam joined the Faculty of Music at Sungkyul University in Anyang, South Korea, where she currently is Assistant Professor of Piano.

Pianist Hye-Young Suh, native of Seoul, Korea, is a graduate of Seoul National University (BM, MM) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (DMA). Over the years, Dr. Suh has given numerous solo recitals and appeared frequently in chamber ensembles at major concert halls in Korea. She was a soloist with Seoul Philharmonic orchestra, Global Symphony Orchestra, Kharkov Philharmonic orchestra (Ukrain).

Dr. Hye Young Suh

Dr. Hye Young Suh

Dr. Suh has been performed actively as a member of a piano project group “Soloists93” to explore wide range of piano repertoires focusing particularly on contemporary or rarely heard pieces. She is also dedicated to researching in many hidden piano works by women composers, and performed them in Seoul, Anyang, Korea; Glendale; Los Angeles; Nakasaki, Japan; Tienjin, China; Bangkok, Thailand; and Marion, Indiana. Recently Dr. Suh gave a lecture recital on Messiaen’s piano music in Seoul. She has served as a judge in numerous competitions including Piano Campus-Journées Internationales de Piano in France, and Korea-Asia Piano open competition in Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Suh is the author of Piano Music in the 20th Century published in Korea in 2004. She was a visiting scholar at California State University, Northridge(USA) and currently is a professor of piano, head of Division of Music, Sungkyul University in Anyang, Korea, where she teaches piano performance and music history.

Mike Smith 2017

Smith’s new book to be published by WTAW Press

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WTAW Press recently announced the forthcoming publishing of Delta State University professor Mike Smith’s full-length book, “And There Was Evening and There Was Morning.”

The book, to be published this fall, is a collection of essays by Smith, an associate professor of English and interim director of the Delta State Honors Program.

“No project of mine has meant or could mean more to me, and I am so grateful to WTAW Press for giving the book a home,” said Smith. “The essays deal with my first wife’s illness and death, four months after giving birth to our second child and the similar diagnosis and recovery of my stepdaughter three years later. The book begins with the odd coincidence that my first copy of my first wife’s book happened to arrive in the mail on the very day of my stepdaughter’s diagnosis.”

WTAW Press is the publishing arm of a longstanding reading series with locations in major cities across the country, so in addition to the book launch in September in San Francisco, Smith will be invited to read at the other locations over the next year and a half.

Additionally, Smith has published three collections of poetry, including “Multiverse,” a collection of two anagrammatic cycles. His translation of the first part of Goethe’s Faust was published by Shearsman Books in 2012, and he is co-editor of the anthology, “The Mint’s Invitation: Contemporary Chinese Short-Shorts in Translation,” forthcoming from Columbia University Press in the fall of 2017.

Together with software engineer Brandon Nelson, Smith created and curates The Zombie Poetry Project. The project is an experiment in machine-assisted composition. Smith’s 500-line poem, “Zombie Ride-Along,” which is published on the site, operates as the source text for the project.

“We invite visitors to input any English-language text into the field provided,” said Smith. “Using a set of language tools, this text will be syntactically matched with sections of the 500-line source poem to produce a new ‘zombified’ poem of random lineation.

Users can select sections of the new poem to re-zombify as many times as they like before submitting it. Selected new poems will be added to the growing anthology archived on the site: www.zombiepoetryproject.com.

In recent recognition, Smith was named by Image Journal as their Artist of the Month in January 2017.

A native of Philippi, West Virginia, Smith is a graduate of UNC-G, Hollins College, and the University of Notre Dame.

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DSU Alumni Winter/Spring magazine published

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Delta State’s Alumni and Foundation Magazine is making its way into the homes and businesses of alumni and friends. The cover of the Winter/Spring 2017 edition features GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi, which is located next door to the DSU Alumni and Foundation building.

This year’s publication also contains a special section outlining the University’s long-term goals and priorities, as set forth by President William N. LaForge.

Readers will enjoy other campus hot topics, such as the Delta State Radio, Wiley Planetarium, Alumni Awards, Alumni Spotlights, and the new Vice president for Student Affairs, Dr. Bernell Bennett. Additionally, Alumni and friends are able to keep up with fellow classmates in the “with the classes” section.

“We are excited to update all our alumni, donors, friends, and students on all the happenings at Delta State,” said Melissa Love, Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs. “There are so many reasons for alumni to visit campus and stay in touch with their alma mater. The magazine showcases many advancements being made on campus, as well as fun events throughout the year for students, alumni, and friends of the University.”

The Delta State Magazine is mailed to over 28,000 homes of alumni, friends, students, prospective students, faculty and staff nationally.

To view the Magazine online, go to https://issuu.com/deltastateuniversity/docs/dsualummag_winter_spring_17_links.

To update your information, visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/updateyourpersonalinformation.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the dates for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 8), Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

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Bolivar County Alumni Night a success

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Fans and alumni ‘packed the house’ during Bolivar County Alumni Night at Walter Sillers Coliseum on Jan. 12.

The Delta State University Alumni Association, along with the Bolivar County Alumni Chapter, hosted the annual alumni event. The event began prior to the Lady Statesmen and Statesmen home basketball games.

All alumni who updated their information with the Alumni Association were entered into a drawing for a DSU gear prize pack or a YETI Hopper cooler. Active alumni members had their names put in the drawing twice. Jeff Lusk was the winning name drawn for the DSU gear, and Holly McKee was the winner of the YETI. The Alumni Association would like to thank everyone for attending.

The Lady Statesmen suffered their first home loss, while the Statesmen prevailed over the University of North Alabama.

To stay up to date with Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 8), Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).